Dishonest Internet Business Owners Are Disqualified

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Every Internet law firm should have a client ethics policy

Internet Law Firm Client Honesty Policy

In order to better represent those who do business honestly, our Internet law firm’s policy is to only represent clients who agree to follow the Internet Ethics Council’s (IEC) Code of Professional Responsibility.

Whether or not a client is a member of the IEC is not as important as the commitment to follow the ethics code when selling goods and services on the Internet.

Prospective and Former Internet Law Firm Clients

In the past, our Internet law firm has declined to represent prospective clients who we knew were dishonest.

We also terminated representation of a few clients who decided to take advantage of others through unfair business practices.

Are we the moral police? Of course not.

Everyone makes mistakes. But a mistake is different than a business model based on fraud, manipulation, and deceit.

To continue advocating honesty and transparency without being hypocritical, it is time to step up and proactively ask our clients to treat their clients with dignity and respect.

Our Internet law firm chooses to represent only those who are trying to do right by their clients.

Questions About This Internet Law Firm Policy

If you have any questions about this Internet law firm policy, please feel free to contact us.

Did you just become an Arkansas tax collector without knowing it?

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Do you have to collect Internet sales tax?

There is a new Internet sales tax you’ll want to discuss with your Internet attorney if you have affiliates or another physical connection with the State of Arkansas. In its attempt to kneecap competitor Amazon.com, Wal-Mart has pushed through a new “fairness” law in Arkansas (where Wal-Mart’s headquarters is located) to require Internet business owners like you to collect Arkansas sales tax if you do a certain amount of business in that state through Arkansas affiliates.

This has nothing to do with fairness and everything to do with an unholy alliance between crony capitalists like Wal-Mart and politicians who want to screw you out of every last dime in order to fund their pet projects. It’s like the typical big city that screws over tourists by padding the hotel bill with 30 or 40 bucks worth of taxes and fees.

Arkansas isn’t the first state to pass one of these so-called “fairness taxes.”  Illinois, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island have similar Internet sales tax laws. Your Internet attorney and accountant can tell you about the tax requirements for each state.

California and other bankrupt states are considering passing similar legislation. For more information on legal issues like these and how to handle them, get your personal copy of my new book “Internet Laws – How to Protect Your Business Website Without a Lawyer.”

Imagine the paperwork for collecting and remitting sales taxes to 50 states plus every county and city that decides to jump on board and pass similar laws.

If you’re going to be hit with an Internet sales tax imposed on Internet transactions by these greedy states, you might want to follow the lead of Amazon, Overstock, and other major online retailers by simply getting rid of your affiliates in those states.

To your online success!

-Mike the Internet Attorney

P.S. Under a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision this Internet sales tax should be an unconstitutional interference with interstate commerce but don’t expect that to matter to those involved.

Announcing a new way to protect your website

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New Internet Laws Book Business Website Owners

Internet Laws Question

Last year, I asked business website owners what they’d like to see in a book that reveals what you can do to protect yourself without paying an Internet lawyer.

The reason for this question is that many startup entrepreneurs simply cannot afford to pay an Internet lawyer thousands of dollars for legal services.

Solution – The Internet Laws Book

Based on the answers received, I wrote “Internet Laws – How to Protect Your Business Website Without A Lawyer” for you. You can find the Internet Laws book today at Amazon.com.

Top 10 reasons you’ll want to read this Internet Laws book.

You will learn…

1. The single most important thing you can do to protect yourself online.

2. How to avoid getting sued or arrested because of your website.

3. The one mistake even experienced Internet business owners make.

4. How to protect yourself against your own web designer.

5. The correct way to protect your copyrights and trademarks.

6. How to tell if your client testimonials and endorsements break the law.

7. The single most important thing you can do to run your business with peace of mind.

8. How to quickly spot and prevent online business legal problems.

9. Secrets to “ethically rigging” your Internet advertising.

10. The number one rule that absolutely must be observed if you want to keep what you earn.
…and much more.

Get your copy of the Internet Laws book from Amazon.com today.

To your online success!

-Mike the Internet Laws book author

Do you make this website copyright mistake?

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web lawyer copyright registrationAs a Web lawyer, the #1 mistake I see Internet business owners make when protecting their website’s content from pirates is to put a copyright notice on the site and do nothing more.

Although a notice with the word “Copyright,” © symbol etc. is a good first step, it’s a baby step when it comes to protecting what you own.

If you’ve got a U.S.-based website with text, photos, graphics, and/or eBooks, there’s one more important step you must take for peace of mind.

To learn what you need to do, I’ve created a new special report called  “How to Quickly and Easily Protect Your Internet Business With U.S. Copyrights.”

Of course, if you have any particular legal questions about copyrights, consult with your Web lawyer.

To your online success,

-Mike the Web lawyer

Flopportunity.com: Internet Scams and Best Practices

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internet-scamsYou can find plenty of websites out there that contain good information about Internet scams and ripoffs. And if you’re looking for quick info on someone before doing business, you should take a look at some of these sites for that purpose.

However, there are two things missing from these sites.

First, fairness gets tossed out the window as soon as personalities are thrown into the mix. Instead of examining Internet business practices objectively, disgruntled clients, jealous competitors, and failed entrepreneurs start slinging mud with personal attacks.

The message gets lost in the name-calling. It’s no longer about Internet scams. The targets are individuals and even their families.

Second, the focus is only on the negative. As an Internet lawyer, I certainly believe in the positive power of negative preparation. Life happens. You deal with it. But part of dealing with what life throws at you is finding solutions instead of focusing exclusively on the problems.

To address these issues, I’ve launched Flopportunity.com today to help Internet business owners like you who want to (a) avoid Internet scams while (b) building their companies using best practices. It’s a way to discuss issues that really don’t have a place on the blog at USInternetLawFirm.com.

Flopportunity.com is a work-in-progress and I’m open to your suggestions on how it can be improved.

To your online success!

-Mike the Internet Lawyer